Our eyes are side by side – we just naturally look at life in a horizontal perspective!
In the aftermath of the Flood at Hidden Valley, Alberta, a few things that were once vertically aligned are now in a horizontal position. This golf cart near the 4th green has become a little greenhouse for what looks like a sunflower plant!
I turned the camera and took a vertical shot of the 4th fairway. It is now a lush forest of new poplar saplings and – a few more sunflower plants.
I continued walking along the 4th, past the Half Way house, then to the 6th green and bunkers. In addition to much more beach area, I found a corn plant.
This vertical photo shows the lush green growth of the grass – and a few more of the many corn plants in that area!
The Car Guy and I think that bird feed must have been scattered by the flood waters. The wet, nutrient rich silt encouraged the seeds to germinate and grow very quickly. If these plants manage to set seed, then Hidden Valley could become a non-typical source of food for the birds for many years to come.
There are many other plants blooming in the Valley right now – I’ll post some photos in a few days.
All of our homes may have been destroyed, but the plant life is thriving. In a few years, it will be hard to tell that our Community was ever there.
Links to this week’s Photo Challenge:
Edward VIII replaced his fly buttons with a zip, a revolutionary move; and his Fair Isle pullovers, shorts and Windsor knots were considered by some to foreshadow the end of Empire.
- Angus McGill -
Sometimes clouds, not fluffy ones like these, but dark, rain filled ones – settle in over the Rocky Mountains and dump buckets of water. If they do this when these mountains are still covered with their winter coats of snow, then disaster will follow. Frozen little mountain streams turn into torrents which then fill the rivers they feed. As the rivers flow east, they merge – creating even more powerful forces. By the time the Bow River got to where this picture was taken at the Community of Hidden Valley, it was flowing faster and higher than it ever had in our lifetimes. This photo foreshadows what was to come.
To see all my stories and photos of the flooding of my cabin community, click on this link: Alberta Flooding.
To see other photos from this Challenge, click on these links:
You find a lot of junk when you’re searching through lost and tossed photo ephemera, but every so often you’ll find a gem, a wallet-sized masterpiece you’re certain could hang on the wall of a gallery if only someone with a name had taken it. Find one or two of those and you’re hooked for life.
- Ransom Riggs -
The Mona Orchid by Margio da Antelope Street
Margio used an inverted pyramid design to place the flower simply and calmly in the space of the photograph.
The enigmatic and slightly open mouth expression, common to the entire Orchid family, is a genetic adaptation that allows Mona to call out to her family, “Heads down! The county mowing machine is heading our way!”
Mona and her family really should move further from the edge of the road…
Someone’s Mother by Margie (a Whistling Bird is nearby)
Margie achieves tonal composition and harmony in a simple pose of quiet contemplation.
This is the story about the Lady’s Slipper Orchids that live near me: Surprise in the Ditch
It really is a miracle that this small patch of Orchids continues to live where they do. Browsing deer and the county mowing program reduce the chances that the flowers will multiply by seed.
When I saw these clouds, I thought about punctuation. Don’t they look like big apostrophes or commas except they curve the wrong way? I think they are Cirrus uncinus clouds, but I’m not sure.
The cactus with the curved arms are Saguaro cacti.
I turned the photo into a marble – the clouds lost most of their curves, but the cacti didn’t.
To see how other photographers interpreted this topic: Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves
To see other marble photos: Marble Gallery
When Paul Bunyan’s loggers roofed an Oregon bunkhouse with shakes, fog was so thick that they shingled forty feet into space before discovering they had passed the last rafter.
- Oregon: End of the Trail, “Tall Tales and Legends” -
“Air Traffic Control says I have to just sit here in the fog. I’m not instrument-rated.”
“Heads up – I got a fleeting glimpse of the runway!”
“Ground Control – this is Little Bird Golf Echo Charlie, on the east fence post, ready for takeoff.”
In my part of the world, fog is as short lived as frost is: Capturing a Frosty Morning.
Other bloggers interpret the word fleeting at: Weekly Photo Challenge: Fleeting
Where to bank in Jordan if you don’t want to stop.
A pita eatery in Cranbrook, BC
The Police Station in Jerome, Arizona
Sign at a Washington State rest stop
When the dog says, “I have people to do that.” Pleasant Harbour, Washington
A water truck in India - It might be pure, clean fresh water, but you still can’t drink it.
Some more of my signs: Signage
How other bloggers responded to this WordPress photo challenge – Weekly Photo Challenge: The Sign Says